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 Mountain Views News Saturday, October 23, 2010 

Arcadia Fire 
Department Earns 
2009 Life Safety 
Achievement Award

 The Arcadia Fire Department has been presented with 
a Life Safety Achievement Award for the year of 2009 by 
the Residential Fire Safety Institute (RFSI) in partnership 
with the Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company. The 
award was announced by Alan Shuman, President of the 
National Association of State Fire Marshals (NAFSM), 
RFSI’s parent organization.

 For 19 years, the Life Safety Achievement Award 
has recognized local fire prevention efforts that have 
contributed to reducing the number of lives lost in 
residential fires. The Arcadia Fire Department qualified 
for this award in year 2009 because it recorded zero 
fire deaths in structures or a reduction by at least 10% 
during the year. In addition, the department was able to 
demonstrate the existence of an active and effective fire 
prevention program and a clear commitment to reducing 
the number of fires in the homes in their community.

 Although residential fires in the U.S. account for only 
20 percent of all fires, they result in 80 percent of all fire 
deaths. The RFSI is committed to reducing that number.

 “Experience tells us that fire prevention activity and 
public education can significantly reduce life and property 
loss from residential fires”, the Residential Fire Safety 
Institute said. “Prevention and education are very cost 
effective compared to the traditional approach of relying 
on fire suppression. The Life Safety Achievement Award 
recognizes fire departments for their fire prevention 
efforts and encourages them to continually improve those 

 The RFSI is a public interest group whose mission is 
to reduce residential fire deaths and injuries. The RFSI 
advocates the use of residential fire sprinklers, smoke 
alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and teaching people 
fire-safe behavior. The RFSI assists fire departments 
with implementing residential sprinkler/smoke alarm 
programs on a local basis. The RFSI’s partners include 
the United States Fire Administration, the National 
Association of State Fire Marshals and private industry/
associations with an interest in and commitment to 
residential fire safety.

The Bridge To Arcadia - Design of 210 Freeway Structure Near Completion

The design of the so-called Iconic Freeway 
Structure (IFS) bridge of the Gold Line Foothill 
Extension Construction Authority over the 
eastbound 210 Freeway heading into Arcadia 
is nearly complete, with only final engineering 
tweaks to artist Andrew Leicester’s design 
before work begins on the bridge featuring 
woven baskets pictured above.

 Following the August release of the Phase 2A 
(Pasadena to Azusa) Request for Proposals for 
Design-Build-Finance services (to construction 
the track, stations, a 25-acre Maintenance and 
Operations Facility, crossings, bridges, utilities 
and more), the three short listed teams are 
hard at work preparing proposals. Proposals 
for the $450+ million project are due in late 
January, and an award is anticipated for April. 
This schedule keeps us on track for a late 2014 
project completion.

 IFS design-build team Skanska USA/
AECOM is spending the next several months 
finalizing designs for the 584-foot bridge over 
the eastbound lanes of the I-210 freeway. They 
are currently working with the California 
Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) 
to get the necessary permits to conduct some 
additional geologic testing at the IFS site 
location, which will help finalize the design.

 Between now and April, when major 
construction is scheduled to begin on the 
bridge, AECOM (the designers) will work to 
turn the artist’s concept into an engineering 

 Meanwhile, the Phase 2B environmental 
process is getting started. The consulting team, 
led by Parsons Brinckerhoff, is initiating work 
with the cities along the Phase 2B corridor, 
and will begin the public involvement process 
early in 2011. The Construction Authority 
will be preparing an Environmental Impact 
Report/Study (per CEQA/NEPA guidelines) 
for this 12.5-mile extension – evaluating the 
environmental impacts of the project and 
identifying ways to mitigate those impacts 
when feasible.

 And finally, Construction Authority staff 
has been working around the clock to update 
the decade-old Authority website. Look for a 
revamped website.

Arcadia Police Blotter

For the period of Sunday, October 10, through Saturday, 
October 16, the Police Department responded to 1,007 calls 
for service of which 134 required formal investigations. 
The following is a summary report of the major incidents 
handled by the Department during this period.

Sunday, October 10:

1. Around 9:42 a.m., officers detained a man by 
CVS Pharmacy, 188 West Las Tunas, for possibly stealing 
liquor from the store. The manager advised that two 
male African-American suspects were inside the store 
attempting to steal bottles of alcohol. The suspect’s vehicle 
was located and 15 bottles of stolen liquor were recovered. 
The 45-year-old suspect was taken into custody for 
commercial burglary, receiving stolen property, and 
felony parole violation. The second suspect was not 
located during an area search.

2. A bicycle versus auto accident occurred at the 
intersection of Las Tunas and El Monte around 12:44 
p.m. A 20-year-old male bicyclist rode through a red light 
and was struck by a vehicle. The bicyclist sustained head 
trauma and a laceration to his neck and was transported to 
a local hospital for treatment.

Monday, October 11:

3. A traffic stop was conducted in the 700 block of 
West Fairview around 2:28 a.m. for a cracked windshield. 
Two female and two male Hispanic occupants were 
contacted, and a concealed blade was found on one man 
and a sawed-off shotgun was found on the floorboard. 
Investigation revealed that the suspects were burglarizing 
vehicles, and a set of stolen golf clubs and computer 
equipment were recovered. The suspects, between 19 to 
32 years of age, were taken into custody for auto burglary, 
receiving stolen property, and conspiracy to commit 
crime. One man was also charged with possession of a 
knife and the other man with possession of a weapon.

4. Between 12:15 p.m. and 2:40 p.m., a residential 
burglary occurred in the 2300 block of Ivyland. Unknown 
suspect(s) entered the home through an open window and 
stole Louis Vitton accessories, cash, and men’s watches.

Tuesday, October 12:

5. Two female Hispanic suspects were detained by 
Claire’s employees for theft around 6:15 p.m. at Westfield 
Mall. They were seen selecting merchandise and then 
concealing them in their pockets and purses. Private 
persons’ arrests were made, and the 14 and 20-year-old 
subjects were taken into custody for commercial burglary. 
Additional stolen property from Sanrio was also recovered.

Wednesday, October 13:

6. A residential burglary occurred in the 700 block of 
Fairview between 8:25 a.m. and 1:20 p.m. Unknown 
suspect(s) pried open the kitchen door to gain entry into 
the home. Once inside, the suspect(s) ransacked the 
house and stole a laptop computer and a $1,900 bottle of 

Thursday, October 14:

10. Units were called to the 100 block of East 
Grandview in reference to a residential burglary. The 
reporting party advised that he was driving by his 
daughter’s home that is under renovation and saw two 
male Asian suspects carrying a large appliance from the 
house and into a blue van. Further investigation revealed 
that the suspects stole a new stove, bathroom sink, and 
faucet for a loss of over $5,600.

Friday, October 15:

11. A victim came to the station around 11:10 a.m. to 
file a grand theft report. She was reviewing her checking 
account information online and discovered unauthorized 
transfers from her account on September 27 and 28 for a 
total loss of over $6,650.

12. An auto burglary occurred in the 2400 block of 
South Baldwin between 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Unknown 
suspect(s) smashed a passenger window and stole a purse 
containing currency, checks, and camera for a total 
reported loss of $1,260.


 Arcadia Senior Services in 
partnership with Methodist 
Hospital is offering an exceptional 
afternoon of free health 
information and free health 
screenings. This informative 
presentation is geared for women 
but men are encouraged to 
attend. This special event will take 
place at the Arcadia Community 
Center, 365 Campus Drive. The 
informational tables and health 
screenings will be available at 
12:30pm, Tuesday, October 26, 
2010. A guest speaker panel will 
start at 1:00pm. Dr. Ami Shah 
D.C. will speak on osteoporosis; 
Ginamarie Farinio, MPAS, PA-C 
will talk on women’s cancer 
concerns and Victoria Pacheco 
RD will inform individuals on 
diet and nutrition, focusing 
on osteoporosis, cancer and 
prevention of these health issues 
through proper diet. Some of 
the informational tables and 
free health screens will be; 
blood pressure, spinal screening, 
balance and fitness, body fat 
analysis, Los Angeles Caregiver 
Resources, Western Health 
University, Pomona, Methodist 
Hospital 50 plus and more!

 There is limited space available, 
if interested in attending 
please contact the Arcadia 
Senior Services Department 

Arcadia Chamber of Commerce 
Monster Business Mixer 
Mini EXPO 
Thursday, October 28th 5-8pm 
DoubleTree Hotel 
924 W. Huntington Dr., Monrovia 
Mixer Entry Members $10 * Non Members $15 * Prizes For Costumes 
Hors d’oeuvres, Wine, Coffee & Treats – RAFFLE PRIZES! ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ 
Come see our Spooktacular Exhibitors! 
The Accounting Annex * Arcadia Elks Lodge 
Arcadia Gardens * Clipper Magazine 
CURVES / Arcadia * DC Golf 
DoubleTree Hotel 
EmbroidMe / Arcadia * The Gables of Monrovia 
Hilton Garden Inn * Henry Nunez Realtor, Arlynn Robinson 
Image Foundry 
NETSMART Systems * S. Sanders Insurance Company 
Salon De Jeunesse 
Santa Anita Dental * The SERVICE Advisors 
StorAmerica * VIP Facial Artistry 
Vista Cove at Arcadia 
Arcadia Chamber of Commerce, 388 W. Huntington Dr., Arcadia 91007 * - (626) 447-2159 - Fax (626) 445-0273 

753D Arcadia Avenue - Arcadia

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